We live in a world of acronyms. I’m not sure when it happened. One minute I was a kid getting berated for spelling floccinaucinihilipilification incorrectly and the next minute the shorter the word the more everyone seemed to rejoice in it.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for getting things organised in the shortest amount of time – just ask my husband why he doesn’t like my cooking – but after having had grammatical excellence shoved down my throat from a young age, getting through university based on not only my knowledge but the ability to write eloquently and going through the agonies of 12 months of grammar and punctuation studies I find it difficult to admit it was all for naught and join the the dedicated ‘OMG itz gr8t’ ranks anytime in the near future.
Admittedly the frugal side of me can see the merit in how the smaller the text sent the less data used; however, I’m still given to resistance regardless of the cost. Having said that I have been the perpetrator of occasional OMG’s and LOLs in my casual online conversations in recent times.
The spoken and written word over time has changed enormously and I suspect we are careening towards a new era in communications – some of it good and some of it not so good. Call me a grammar Nazi – I find myself cringing at some social media interactions and wondering about the purpose of education for some. I feel that in some instances presenting yourself well is still as important as it ever was. Acronyms and abbreviations have their place but to interact professionally, good grammar will always take it to the next level. I have never seen anybody win an argument or debate online by misspelling, phoneticising or using capitalised acronyms to solidify their point. Credibility is lost once you make a mistake, misuse a word or overuse simplified terms to hasten your progress. They will crucify you online and it is there for everybody to see.
Acronyms are almost certainly here to stay, however. They are fun, easy to use and are on their way to creating a whole new language that will more than likely be infused into future generations like they had always been a part of it.
I would imagine that the old toffs in England would have said the same things about my generation.